What to do this weekend in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com |

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The Ridgewood Library is hosting Zikrayat: Arabic music and Dance around the Mediterranean on Saturday, August 3.

Saturday, August 3

Foodies and shoppers alike will find something unique at the JAMS Jamaica Street Festival. On Jamaica Avenue between Parsons Boulevard and 169th Street, merchants, artists, and food carts will gather to fill the summer air with the sounds and smells of a traditional New York City street fair. Starts at 11 a.m.

From 2 to 5 p.m. Flushing Town Hall will host a yaji, an ancient Chinese custom where famous musician, painters and calligraphers gather for an elegant garden party. This event will provide an opportunity for those in attendance to watch beautiful calligraphy and painting be created before their eyes. Come 15 minutes early to enjoy a bit of traditional Taiwanese puppet theater: “Monkey King vs. Bull King,” which will feature magic and martial arts. This show is comprised of students of the Chinese Association of Long Island and Chinese School for Performing Arts Club and is performed in English. For further information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org.

The Ridgewood Library is hosting Zikrayat: Arabic music and Dance around the Mediterranean. The program will mix music and dance from Egypt, Syria, Greece, Turkey, Tunisia and beyond. Alternating vocal and instrumental numbers with solo and group dance members, Zikrayat’s mission is to highlight the diversity of Arab culture for mainstream western audiences in an authentic, yet entertaining contemporary representation. The performance includes a Q&A with the artists. Suggested for ages 7 and up, it takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Ridgewood Library. For more information, call 718-821-4770.

Every Saturday in July and August

MoMA P.S. 1, located in Long Island City, is the home of the Warm Up Party, a celebration of architecture that combines music and art. Every year a new architect installs a new design for courtyard grandeur. The Warm Up Party is free for all MoMA members and people with proof of residency in Long Island City. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. For more information, call 718-784-2084.

Sunday, August 3

The Louis Armstrong House Museum proudly welcomes back the York College Summer Jazz Program and the big band sound to Louis’s garden. This free annual concert showcases outstanding high school musicians from all five boroughs, and celebrates Louis Armstrong’s birthday. The concert starts at 2 p.m., and is part of the museum’s Summer With Satchmo program schedule. The museum will also feature the Peter & Will Anderson Sextet on Saturday, August 17 at 2 p.m.; tickets are $18. The museum’s Jazzmobile Block Party is the grand finale of the summer season, and shuts down 107th Street in front of the museum on Tuesday, August 20 beginning at 4 p.m. The great Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet will perform at this free event, and there will be craft workshops for kids and their grown-ups beginning at 4 p.m. Complete details can be found at LouisArmstrongHouse.org.

If you have not had enough of street fairs this summer, head down to the Junction Boulevard Festival, taking place from 11 a.m. to 5p.m. on Junction Boulevard between Roosevelt Avenue and 35th Avenue in Corona.

Thru Sunday, July 28

Come and marvel at the breathtaking performance given by the Golden Dragon Acrobats at a special pre-season event. Feats of balance along with contortionists and jugglers put on by some of China’s most talented performers are part of the magic that will be seen at the show. The shows will be at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Queens Theater in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Tickets are $32 and family four packs are available for $99. For details and more information call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheater.org.

Thru Sunday, October 27

The Museum of Moving Image presents “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in ‘Breaking Bad”, as part of its main exhibition “Behind the Screen”. “Breaking Bad” follows the life of high school chemistry teacher Walter White who is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and turns to cooking meth to ensure his family is financially stable. “From Mr. Chips to Scarface” explores how the filmmakers signify Walter’s metamorphosis though the use of props, costumes, and color schemes. Among the props on display are Walter’s yellow oxford shirt and khaki pants as well as HAZMAT suit, gas mask, apron and boots.